The Curatorial Team


Curators have a the ability to help us see things from new perspectives. Soon, those perspectives will be seen not only in our museum but also right here on the website.

Our strategic plan calls for building a strong curatorial team – to help fulfill our goal as a nature art museum of regional and national significance. We recently made offers to two highly qualified and experienced individuals.

Melissa Post has accepted the offer to become our inaugural Chief Curator. Melissa holds a BA in French and a BA in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from the prestigious Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY. Additionally, through the National Association for Interpretation, she is a Certified Interpretive Guide. Melissa’s background includes curator positions at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

Maria Ferguson will join us as our first Curator of Collections. Born and raised in Erie, PA, Maria holds a BA in art with an emphasis in photography from Pennsylvania State University. She also holds an MA in art history and a graduate certificate in museum studies from the University of Memphis. For the past several years, she has held the post of registrar at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, TN.

Please help us to welcome Melissa and Maria and look for their posts in this space in the near future.